From tiki bars in Sydney to underground rum-praising havens in Adelaide…
Whether you like to drink it straight, split with a mixer or shaken up into a cocktail, Australians love their rum. And, thankfully, we’ve got some pretty amazing rum-praising bars!
So, to help you mix up your next night out, we’ve found the 11 best rum bars around Australia that are a must-visit in 2021!
The Best Rum Bars in Sydney:
The Lobo has a handpicked collection of over 250 rums which are sourced both locally and internationally, ranging from the Caribbean to Central America and South America. With some of the oldest rums in their collection dating back to the 1930s, The Lobo are proud to demonstrate the evolution of rum over the past 80-90 years and boast some of the rarest and oldest variations of the world’s most beloved rum brands – in cocktail form of course!
Donned as one of the best tiki bars in Sydney, Grandma’s Bar on Clarence Street is also a great place to sit back and be spoilt with choice by some of the best rum in Australia. Think of this haven as a home away from home. Serving up fun, rum-styled cocktails in this tiki-clad underground space; visitors will also find a variation of boutique liquor, beer and wine here too.
The Best Rum Bars in Hobart:
A culmination of Cuban passion and Rastafarian coolness, Rude Boy is the essence of the Caribbean, with an underlying spirit of passion, nonconformity and urban grit. Located in the heart of Hobart, the quintessence of Rude Boy is the one thing we are all here for: rum.
Frank Restaurant is a South American influenced destination that caters especially for our passion for the flame that is at the heart of Argentinan food – and drink – culture. A high expectation and standard of drinks is reflected with pride and panache in the plethora of cocktails available. Not so much a tiki bar, but Frank Restaurant is definitely one of the best places to source rum in Hobart!
The Best Rum Bars in Melbourne:
The Rum Diary Bar
The Rum Diary is stocked with enough rum to sink a pirate ship which is coincidentally the perfect amount to fill your night with fun. One of the best rum bars in Melbourne, The Rum Diary Bar creates excitement around rum, serving up the best of rum based cocktails from the finest products sourced from around the world. Dowsed in nautical-themed decor, The Rum Diary Bar goes well beyond the point of impressive thanks to their lengthy list of over 200 rum bottles and their delectable range of creative cocktails.
The Best Rum Bars in Adelaide:
Hains & Co
Born from a love of gin, rum and family, Hains & Co has a long family history that is dedicated to providing serious hospitality with a splash of fine rum, gin and whisky. The classy interior and familiar setting is sure to have you back for more in no time. Whilst you’re here, be sure to sign-up to one of their famed masterclasses, you won’t regret it!
The Best Rum Bars in Perth:
Hula Bula Bar
Hula Bula Bar continues the tradition of tiki culture from the golden age of the 50s and 60s. The interior is a celebration of all things tiki and Pacific Island motifs. On top of this, they offer a fine selection of ‘rhum,’ cocktails, beer and wine, making Hula Bula Bar a fun and colourful rum destination in Perth and also one of the best rum bars in Australia.
Meet Sneaky Tony’s – a speakeasy rum bar that mysteriously hangs off Roe Street in Northbridge, Perth’s famed dining precinct. A homage to the infamous rum-runner Tony “the hat”; Sneaky Tony’s is a prohibition bar in which the shelves are bursting with liquid gold. And we’re talking about some of the best rum in Australia. Usually there is a password required to get in (located on their Facebook page), but with over 300 bottles of rum inside, what are you waiting for?
The Best Rum Bars in Darwin:
Rum Jungle Tavern
Australia, get ready to meet the best rum bar in Darwin! The Rum Jungle Tavern is a local eatery and bar that is perfect for relaxation and a meal to boot. The only place in Batchelor to experience and celebrate rum, the Rum Jungle Tavern is a brilliant local nightspot.
The Best Rum Bars in Brisbane:
The Malecón Bar
A slice of Havana in Brisbane, The Malecón Bar is the ultimate destination to dance, talk and indulge in a wall completely dedicated to rum. Need we say any more? Apart from stocking a lengthy list of some of the best rum from all around the world, The Malecón Bar hosts a series of live Cuban jazz entertainment that compliments their charismatic cocktail menu.
Jungle Bar is a hand built bamboo hut in the heart of the West End. Better known as one of Brisbane’s best tiki rum bars, the Jungle Bar is famous for its amazing tropical cocktails, good selection of tasty beers and its own rum wall. We’ll cheers to that!
If you’d rather stay home, why not try making this scrumptious Sailor Jerry rum Whipped Cream Birthday Cake Cocktail? But, if you’re looking for something else, start by saying salud at one of these 15 best tequila bars around Australia. Or, for gin lovers, you’ll find a list of 2021’s 17 best gin bars in every Australian state here.